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Ashok Khemka backs J&K officer over ‘rapistan’ tweet  5 Months ago

Source:   Times Of India  

CHANDIGARH: Jammu and Kashmir bureaucrat Shah Faesal, who is facing flak for his 'rapistan' tweet, has received support from senior IAS officers from Haryana, Ashok Khemka.

Questioning the show-cause notice issued to Faesel issued by the Jammu and Kashmir government, Khemka tweeted, “Which rule is alleged to be violated?”. He was responding to a copy of the notice that Faesal had shared online.

“Many misinterpret service rules. Service rules do not make you a servant of the ruler. Service rule is a code of conduct for an employee to abide by constitutional principles and rule of law, equity, justice and good conscience,” the Haryana bureaucrat reacted to a comment that service rules prohibit bureaucrats from public commentary.

In a series of tweets, Khemka advised the Twitterati “not to spread lies” and “not to impute falsely” that the term “rapistan” referred for India. “It is the interpretation of a sick mind,” Khemka responded to trolls which said that people were not foolish enough not to see that Faesal was referring to India when he talked of rapistan.

One of the Twitter users claimed that he had noticed Faesal had tagged a ‘JNU fellow’ who openly backed slain terrorists Burhan Wani and Afzal Guru and demanded independence for Kashmir. Khemka responded, “Does the show cause notice contain the allegations you mention? Your allegations against Faesal strengthen the perception of bias against him. Indian philosophy encourages questions, debates, self-exploration. Weak minds are threatened.”

On Tuesday, the Jammu and Kashmir government had served notice to the 2010-batch IAS topper for his tweet which read, "Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan".

In the notice, the government had has mentioned, "You have allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in the discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant." The notice was served by the government after receiving a reference from the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

Reacting to the notice, Faesal had tweeted, "Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I am sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change." Faesal is presently pursuing a mid-career programme in the US.
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